It might be hard to believe, but the oral health situation in this country still isn’t where it needs to be. So many people struggle with their oral health, which leads to things like tooth decay, cavities, and oral diseases.
There are plenty of theories as to why people don’t visit the dentist as often as they should, from an underlying fear to having a bad experience as a child. But, not regularly getting your teeth looked at by a professional and having an oral examination can lead to unfortunate consequences.
As a dental practice, we believe that every patient should keep as many of their original teeth as possible. Unfortunately, things don’t always work that way. Whether you have lost teeth to decay, or you have teeth that are broken and need to be extracted, losing your teeth isn’t exactly a pleasant thing to life with.
But, dental implants can help.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are often the best option for patients with missing teeth. They are specifically meant to work with the existing bone tissue in your mouth to form a strong and sturdy “root”. This base acts as a platform for a dental crown, which will make your teeth look flawless.
Because dental implants are available in different sizes and even different configurations, they are extremely customizable and meant to fit almost anyone.
What Treatment Options Are Available Using Dental Implants?
Because dental implants can be used in a variety of ways, there are different types of implants, as well as different techniques to consider. Some of the most common include:
- Implant-Supported Dentures: This is a fairly straightforward process in which traditional dentures are either supported by or attached to dental implants that are in the jaw bone. The dentures sit on top of the implants to give you the look of real teeth.
- All On 4: This is an alternative solution for a full arch. Instead, four implants are placed within your own available bone. After following a modified diet for about six months so the gum tissue has a chance to heal and grow around the implants, permanent replacement teeth will be added, and you can resume your normal activities. This particular procedure eliminates the need for bone grafting.
- Teeth in a Day: This process essentially streamlines implant-supported dentures. Rather than placing implants in the mouth, patients are fitted with either a fully-removable denture. It’s likely that the dentures will need to be adjusted a few times as you wait for a permanent denture, but this option makes it possible to have “teeth” right away without having to wait months.
If you’re not sure which of these options is right for you or you have questions about how they work, talking to Dr. I Stephen Brown or a team member at The Perio Group can help you to get the answers you need.
What is the Cost of Dental Implants?
There is no concrete number when it comes to the cost of dental implants. They are a very specific and customizable process for everyone, and the overall cost is impacted by everything from the number of implants you might require, to any additional procedures that may be necessary along the way.
With that being said, it’s important to look at dental implants as an investment, rather than something you’re paying for as a “quick fix” for your teeth. They are a long-term solution that will impact and improve your smile and oral health for years to come. Unlike options like crowns and bridges, dental implants can last forever.
So, it is important to compare the cost with other methods to determine the right option for you. Caps, crowns, and bridges will need to be replaced every 5-7 years, while implants are typically meant to last a lifetime. Dental implants also are less likely to cause any future dental problems, while other methods can sometimes increase your risk of decay or gum problems.
You will only be able to determine your actual cost of dental implants by sitting down for a consultation. At our practice, Dr. Brown is always happy to talk with patients about the benefits of dental implants and whether they are the best option for replacing your teeth. Again, keep in mind that all dentists want patients to keep as many of their own teeth as possible. But, if your current teeth are in bad shape or you’re missing some, short-term solutions like caps and crowns may not be your best solution.
So, you have to be the one to decide if you’re ready to invest in yourself and your oral health.
Making An Investment in Your Oral Health
What does that mean, exactly? Essentially, it means determining what you think your smile is worth. It means weighing out the benefits of dental implants and understanding how they will impact your life on a long-term basis.
Some of those important benefits include:
- They feel, look, and fit like natural teeth, so there is no discomfort or irritation
- They are made to last a lifetime
- You can regain your confidence if you’ve been struggling with your smile for a long time
- They can prevent bone loss and actually stimulate new bone growth
So, to answer the major question; can you afford dental implants? The answer should be a resounding ‘yes’. Though implants are an investment and may have a high price tag upfront, comparing them to the overall cost of other options makes it easy to realize that they are often the best solution. You won’t have to have extra work done on them or have them replaced every few years. So, a one-time investment can allow you years of a brilliant, beautiful smile.
If you’re interested in dental implants or any other options for tooth repair or replacement, feel free to contact us for more information. Our team will be happy to answer your questions or set up a consultation for you.